Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard in Delhi

It has been my dream to meet Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard ever since I read his book called 'Calculation' from the Grandmaster Preparation Series. My dream turned into reality when he came to New Delhi as a part of his latest book tour.

Let me first introduce GM Aagaard. He is a Scottish Grandmaster and has won the Scottish Chess Championship and the British Chess Championship. He has also been awarded with the FIDE Senior Trainer(FST) title. He is the only person in the world to have won all the major chess book awards. He has trained the likes of Boris Gelfand and Sam Shankland.

I met Mr.Aagaard when he came to give a lecture on decision-making and strategic thinking in chess. It was a two-day workshop and I was proud to have hosted the event. I helped out in the organisation and also gave an opening speech. It was wonderful to meet the master in person as well. I got to learn some insightful details on thinking in chess. I solved a lot of difficult positions that he gave me to do. I understood about the four types of decision making involved in chess- automatic decisions, simple decisions, dynamic decisions, and strategic decisions. I also learnt about the various styles of play of different grandmasters in the world like Carlsen, Tal, Kasparov, Anand,etc.

The best part about this event was that even my students from the National Association of the Blind came for it. I helped them out with the positions on their boards. It was extremely special for them to meet Mr.Aagaard. They even met another GM from India-Abhijeet Gupta. Abhijeet joked that all the four of them had names starting with the letter 'A'.

Overall the event was a grand success and I would like to thank Chessbase India and Delhi Dynamite for making this event possible. I hope to attend more such camps in the future and keep my passion for the game alive.

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